New Mexico land commissioner visits Elida

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — New Mexico’s land commissioner visited Elida on Wednesday to speak about the incoming Padoma Wind Energy plant south of the community. “Not only is this a prime opportunity for the industry but it will provide yet another form of economic development in eastern New Mexico,” Patrick Lyons said. […]

Governor continues meeting with BRAC commissioners

The Associated Press Gov. Bill Richardson and Hanson Scott, director of the state Office for Military Base Planning and Support, plan more meetings with Base Realignment and Closure Commission members. They will meet today in Washington with Commissioner Sam Skinner, then fly to Pensacola, Fla., later in the day to meet with Commissioner Harold Gehman. […]

Commissioner wants Cannon land if closed

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state’s land commissioner said Monday he would take action to regain state trust lands in eastern New Mexico if Cannon Air Force Base is closed. State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons said in a letter to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission that he will seek the return of […]

City OKs $20,000 for civic center

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission on Thursday approved a $20,000 contract to hire a firm to assist in the planning, opening and initial operations of the civic center. The Pennsylvania-based company, Global Spectrum, operates civic centers, arenas and other special events centers across the country. “It’s the feeling of that […]

City votes to keep recreation building

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor City officials refuse to pull the plug on the Youth Recreation Building. Despite a leaky roof, no electricity and shoddy plumping. Despite the parks and recreation committee’s initial request to have it demolished. Despite a $218,000 estimate to have it renovated. In spite of all those concerns, the City […]

Conflicts of interest

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher spent six to eight weeks in the fall managing a construction project about two miles outside the Curry County line. His employer was Tim Ashley, one of five county commissioners responsible for setting the sheriff’s annual budget. Was the arrangement between the two elected […]

County approves tax hike

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission raised the gross-receipts tax Tuesday, but a former commissioner vowed to petition the increase. The Commission unanimously approved an ordinance that will raise gross-receipts taxes by .125 percent — or $1.25 more for a $1,000 purchase. The increase will take effect July 1. The board […]

Another tax hike planned

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is expected to increase the gross-receipts tax today, just four days after state and county hikes took effect. Commissioners will vote on an ordinance that would increase the gross-receipts tax by 1/8 percent beginning July 1. Officials estimate the impact to be between $700,000 and […]

Homeland Security candidate lacks character

Freedom Newspapers As Mickey Kaus so aptly put it on his recent Web log, whenever a nominee for an important post readily admits that he has an “illegal nanny,” it’s certainly a sign there are far more problems lurking behind the surface. The nanny excuse, he writes, is the modern version of leaving politics to […]

County commission incumbents prevail

J. Albin Smith, left, and his wife Sandra watch the election results Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Republican incumbents Albin Smith and Tim Ashley will remain on the Curry County Commission. Ashley held 57 percent of the votes (2,287) in defeating Democrat Paul D. […]

Mondragon receives contract renewal

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford feared if every city commissioner commented on how valuable city manager Ray Mondragon is to Clovis, Thursday’s commission meeting would last all night. Blanketed by a flurry of praise on commission row, Mondragon on Thursday accepted a contract renewal as the Clovis city manager. The […]

Water usage reduced

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis residents reduced their water use by more than one million gallons in response to a water shortage warning from New Mexico American Water Co. this week, Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder said Thursday. “Of course, the rain we got didn’t hurt any, but water use dropped before that,” […]

Main Street pursuit ends without injury

CNJ STAFF A vehicle pursuit through town ended without injury Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Second and Sheldon streets, where a Clovis man was arrested amid an array of police and area onlookers. Edgar Perales, 41, brother of Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales, is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer; aggravated fleeing […]

County manager told to cease endorsement

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales has demanded in writing that County Manager Geneva Cooper stop publicly endorsing the re-election of District 2 Commissioner Pete Hulder. Cooper refused Perales’ request, also in writing. Both sides called the other’s letter “threatening.” The exchange of letters was prompted by paid advertisements in […]

Challenges arise in local commission contests; other incumbents run unopposed

By Jack King Curry County’s incumbent county clerk will run unopposed in the June primary and in the November election, while three county commissioners face challenges and the county treasurer’s job has three contenders. No opponent from any political party filed to challenge County Clerk Mario Trujillo, Tuesday. In the commission races, former commissioner and […]

City Commission lauds local pastor

A picture of Herbert Bergstrom and a thank you from the city of Clovis is projected on a screen as Mayor David Lansford reads from a proclamation Thursday at the city commission meeting naming today, “Dr. Herbert Bergstrom Day.” CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Jack King The City Commission honored Herbert Bergstrom, a pastor who […]

Friends vie for commission seat

By Michelle Seeber Parmer County voters on Tuesday chose Democrat Michael Haseloff and Republican Ronald Byrd as candidates for the Precinct No. 3 County Commission seat. The two, who said they were “good friends,” are from Farwell. They will run against each other in the Nov. 2 general election. Voters also determined Republican Kirk Frye, […]

City officials sworn in

From left, Randal Crowder, Lunell H. Winton, David Lansford, Fred Van Soelen and Robert Sandoval sign their oaths of office. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Jack King Two new City Commissioners, two incumbents and Mayor David Lansford took the oath of office Monday in a brief ceremony in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public […]

Tucumcari election ends in tie

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — One Tucumcari city election appears headed for overtime. Incumbent District 2 Commissioner Jimmy R. Sandoval and challenger Christopher Maestas each received 67 votes on Tuesday. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Tucumcari City Clerk Rachel Hicklin. “I’ve heard of it happening in other places but it’s never happened here […]

City commissioner gets heart surgery

CNJ STAFF City Commissioner Robert Sandoval was admitted to the Heart Hospital in Lubbock Monday for an operation on his heart, but is expected to be released today. According to a city of Clovis press release, Sandoval had a 99 percent blockage in his left main heart artery and a stint was inserted to correct […]